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post #1 of 14 Old 12-29-2010, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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HID projector retrofit into a non-RS halogen housing

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First off I want to say THANKS to TurboGuy327 for showing me the light (literally). He showed me how a true HID projector retrofit works and how much better it is even over the HID kits that go in the Halogen housing. He also turned me onto a place called www.TheRetrofitSource.com. They were awesome to work with and have cheap prices on quality HID parts.

When I contacted TRS about the parts we started talking and they said that they could do the retrofit for me for about $150Ö..possibly a little more since they had never done a Camaro headlight. Also, by having TRS doing the retrofit he was able to put on the different shrouds, send me the pics, and let me choose what I wanted. That was a big thing because looking back I wouldíve never picked the shroud that I did had I not seen it in the housing.

I want to also give some background on why I went this route. When ordering my Camaro I couldíve easily ordered the RS like 95% of everyone else does. However, Iím not big on Halos and I liked the look of the chrome halogen housing. To me it made the Camaro look more like a First Gen. For that reason alone I decided not to buy the RS. The colored roof ditch and tinted tail lights didnít matter to me.

I did however want HID lights so I ended up with a Bi-Xenon kit from AAC to replace the Halogen bulbs. I spent about $270 for that and it was a decent option. Then I found out about projectors and the Morimoto products. I then decided that I would go that route.

I found a set of used Halogens and sent them off to TRS to have them do the retrofit. I plan on keeping my original Halogens for now in case I ever need to go back. I ended up having to buy one aftermarket light because UPS damaged one of the housings but thatís a whole other story I wonít get into right now.

Anyway, Iím pumped to get these installed and be able to see how they look and perform. Iíll be taking pictures and posting the finished results hopefully by this weekend. Iím going to try to get someone with an RS to go side by side with me so we can see the difference in the factory HID vs aftermarket.

For those that want to know a price in case you want to do something similar here are the basics. Remember these are not cheap eBay products. This is quality stuff. Do a search on Morimoto and you'll see.

-Projectors, Ballasts, Shrouds, Bulbs, Relay harness: $300 shipped
-2 x Aftermarket lights: $200 shipped
-2 x OEM take offs: usually $150
-Labor for install: $150 - $200

If you want the RS look you can paint the halogen reflectors and the shrouds a flat black. You can then add some aftermarket Halos (AAC or even some from TRS). If youíre willing to do the install yourself then you are looking at about $450 - $500 and that doesnít include selling your original Halogens. Otherwise you are looking at about $650 to have them done by someone else. They said the OEM lights were a little difficult to open up.....the aftermarket ones were a breeze. So if you are a first time retrofit you might consider the exra $ for aftermarket to make it easy to do (I bet you can't pick the aftermarket one from the OEM on in the pic)

I already have an HID kit so I diddn't need a few of the parts. Here is the finished Housing and what I used:
-Morimoto Mini H1 projector
-GTI-R shrouds
-Morimoto 5000k bulbs
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Here is a pic of my 2010 with a '68. You can see how I'm trying to match the chrome housing.
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-1969 SS Convertible (real SS with factory A/C) Mariner Blue - 350/5-speed. Owned since November 1985.
-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB
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Here are some pics I took after the install. I didn't have much room to work with since the car is on a lift but you can see how crisp the cut-off line is with these projectors. Also notice how they dip down on the left in order to not blind on coming traffic.

I'm having my brake calipers powdercoated and they should be here tomorrow. I plan to put the brakes on and get it back on the road tomorrow or Friday.

Let me know what you think....
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-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB
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I must have over looked this thread .


You will enjoy the brighter headlights Looks Good

im guessing you bought the wire to turn your day time driving lights into fogs since they are on the same time as your head lamps ?
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looks great man, how u liking the lights so far? post some pics of the calipers

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I must have over looked this thread .


You will enjoy the brighter headlights Looks Good

im guessing you bought the wire to turn your day time driving lights into fogs since they are on the same time as your head lamps ?
Yes.....I have fieldgoal00's harness on there.

I originally convertered over to the HID kit from AAC within a week or so of getting the car. Much improved over the halogen by far....but these projector HIDs are super nice. Crisp clear cut off line and a nice long and wide throw of light. I also maintain most of the look of the chrome halogen housing which is what I wanted and why I didn't buy the RS pkg.

-1969 SS Convertible (real SS with factory A/C) Mariner Blue - 350/5-speed. Owned since November 1985.
-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB
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Here are some of the pics.
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-1969 SS Convertible (real SS with factory A/C) Mariner Blue - 350/5-speed. Owned since November 1985.
-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB
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looks great man, how u liking the lights so far? post some pics of the calipers
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If you look close you can see the steel brake lines I put on there as well. I got the from IPS for $80 for all four. Definately worth doing while the calipers are already off.
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-1969 SS Convertible (real SS with factory A/C) Mariner Blue - 350/5-speed. Owned since November 1985.
-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB

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Here is a comparison of the different lights. The first two are the factory halogen, then the AAC kit with 8000k bulbs, and then the retrofit projectors with 5000k bulbs.
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-1969 SS Convertible (real SS with factory A/C) Mariner Blue - 350/5-speed. Owned since November 1985.
-2010 Camaro 2SS | M6 | VR w/Gloss White Extended stripes | 1 3/4" KOOKS | Magnaflow 3" cat-back | ADM tune (411 hp / 412 tq) | Halltech | MGW w/Race Knob | Spohn Trailing Arms | Hotchkis | TRS HID projectors | VMax ported TB
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